Nutrition and Physical Activity

Topic 6

Facts About Nutrition and Physical Activity

  • Physical activity improves body composition, mood, decreases stress, helps prevent diseases, increases independence, gives you confidence.

  • Nutrition is very important to a person's lifestyle and should be taken very seriously as it will affect a person's life.

  • A useful tool for managing one's nutrition is the Food Plate ™ diagram which accurately represents the sizes of food groups to be consumed.

  • Look at nutrition labels for detailed information regarding the content of products you may be considering. Such labels include fat content, sugars, sodium, as well as percent daily values so you can manage your nutritional intake.

  • Make careful choices constantly. This means paying attention to eating the right foods for your health- not just at home, but also at school and when out with friends.

  • There are many physical activities to choose from, so you can find one that appeals to you. Consider trying: tennis, soccer, football, yoga, running, cycling, dancing, swimming, lacrosse, volleyball, hiking, weight lifting, and cricket.

  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and healthy.

  • Did you know that your body is composed of up to 60% water.

  • Children and adolescents should acquire at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day.

  • Lack of exercise leads to obesity, high risk of disease, lack of energy and vitality.

  • Regular exercise has been linked to decrease risk for heart disease, high cholesterol, and stroke.

  • It takes a combination of both healthy choices and physical activity to improve and maintain health.

Persuasion

There are countless benefits to taking care of your body- after all you only get one so you need to look after it! We all have fitness and health goals, but sometimes we are intimidated by the prospect. There is no need to be! Simply spending five minutes on the internet will unlock numerous resources that will provide you with simple ways to improve your lifestyle one step at a time. Ask friends and family for support, take your dog for a walk, play basketball with friends, or go swimming with your family. Pile up your plate with nutritious veggies, delectable fruits, lean protein and healthful grains and you will already be taking huge steps towards a long life of health and prosperity.

Bibliography

water.usgs.gov/edu/propertyyou.html

www.choosemyplate.gov/physical-activity/amount.html